I have an external HD full of ~300GB of music, organized via an iTunes library. I want to play the music through my HiFi receiver, but I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new computer.
Can anyone recommend a system I can use, with streaming to other devices as a nice bonus option?
Some options I've considered:
- WD Live TV (I use for my TV set) has a nice USB slot, so I could plug in my hard drive and use the RCA jack to connect to my receiver. But that will have poor audio quality, it'd be a nightmare to organize and add music files using that UI and I don't think I can stream *from* WD Live (though maybe I can - I haven't looked into it).
- Squeezebox, Nexus Q, I don't have the ability to connect my existing music library.
- NAS, would cost >$200, plus I'd have to get some other device anyway, in which case I might as well buy a Mac Mini.
- AC Ryan PlayOn HD mini, looks ideal, except I live in the US.
It looks like ASUS and Masscool make media servers/players, but I don't know a think about them.
So, are there any good ~$100-200 options here?